SPís second list for LS poll out, three MPs axed

Three sitting MPs have been axed in the second list of eight candidates for the Lok Sabha elections which was announced by the Samajwadi Party on Monday. Three ministers in the state government also figure in the list.

With this, the SP has announced candidates for 63 of the 80 constituencies in UP.

The MPs who have been excluded are Kamlesh Balmiki from Bulandshahar, Radhey Mohan Singh from Ghazipur and R K Singh Patel from Banda.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shahid Manzoor has been named for Meerut, Panchayti Raj Minister Balram Yadav for Azamgarh and Minister of Water Resources Om Prakash Singh for Ghazipur, replacing Radhey Mohan Singh.

For Bulandshahar, Ravi Gautam, a former MLC from BSP, has been named in place of Kamlesh Balmiki. Party sources said Balmiki was given the party ticket in 2009 on the recommendation of BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who had then joined hands with the SP.

In Banda, Shyama Charan Gupta has been named in place of R K Singh Patel. Gupta had lost the 2012 Assembly election from Manikpur. Incidentally, Patel was named in the first list which was released last Friday.

Mahendra Verma, brother of the Minister of State for Social Welfare, has been named for Sitapur. MLA Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit's wife Kajal Sharma has been named candidate for Aligarh; former MP Dhram Raj Patel, who joined the party three days ago, has been named for Phoolpur, and Kunwar Akhilesh Singh for Maharajganj.

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